The Chinese ambassador to the UK has accused the British government of “gross interference in China’s internal affairs” by offering 2.9m Hong Kongers citizenship.
Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming said that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government have kept on “making irresponsible remarks” over Hong Kong.
Xiaoming had the temerity to accuse the British media of “distorting” the truth over Honk Kong’s new controversial security law.
Liu Xiaoming started the press conference by saying he wants to help the British public understand the new security law comprehensively, objectively and accurately.
The Chinese ambassador said, “On June 30 the standing committee of the National People’s Congress adopted the law of the People’s Republic China on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong.
“This law is an important milestone in the implementation of one country, two systems.
“It is a strong safeguard for the rights and freedom of Hong Kong residents.
“After the law was adopted British media carried massive reports and comments which to be frank are full of misinterpretation, misunderstanding and even distortion.
“So, today I want to use this press conference to help the British public understand this law comprehensively, objectively and accurately.”
Hong Kong’s new law does not change the “capitalist system” or it’s legal system, which is something that critics and protestors completely disagree with.
After being summonds to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, ambassador Xiaoming said, “China rules Hong Kong by the basic law, not the joint declaration.”
He said, “The UK side knows well that Hong Kong is no longer under its colonial rule and that Hong Kong has returned to China and is now part of China.
“The UK has no sovereignty, jurisdiction or right of supervision over Hong Kong after handover.
“However, the UK gov keeps making irresponsible comments on HK affairs, making unwarranted accusations against China.”
Last week, Johnson told MPs in the Commons, “We stand for rules and obligations and we think that is the soundest basis for our international relations and the enactment and imposition of this national security law constitutes a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British joint declaration.
The Chinese embassy in London warned the British government that they would be breaching international law by allowing 2.9m Hong Kong citizens who hold British National Overseas (BNO) passports to live in the UK.
He said, “This move constitutes gross interference in China’s internal affairs and openly tramples on the basic norms of international relations
“Hong Kong is a part of China, Hong Kong affairs are Chinese internal affairs and there should be no external interference.
“One important task is to prevent, supress and punish collusion with a foreign country which endangers national security. No one should underestimate the firm determination of China to safeguard its security.”
A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in the UK said last week, “If the British side makes unilateral changes to the relevant practice, it will breach its own position and pledges as well as international law and basic norms governing international relations.
“We firmly oppose this and reserve the right to take corresponding measures. We urge the British side to view objectively and fairly the national security legislation for Hong Kong, respect China’s position and concerns, refrain from interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any way.”
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